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Join Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Honoring our Country’s Heroes

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.

These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.

We Honor Veterans, Lakes Region, Wolfeboro, Alton, MeredithAs our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice wants to share its commitment to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Just recently Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has been recognized for attaining the highest “We Honor Veterans” partner status. Through We Honor Veterans, we are ensuring that our organization is equipped to address the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans.

It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 Veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 Veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.  A generation of World War II and Korean War Veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now, and they are quickly being followed by younger Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are confronting serious illnesses at an even earlier age.

Moultonborough, Moultonboro, We Honor VeteransThe liberty that we, as US citizens, enjoy comes at a price paid by these valiant men and women. Let each of us make sure we do our part to recognize and support them throughout their lives.

If you know a Veteran who is in need of the special care hospice brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about the services that hospice and palliative care can provide. Contact us at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice to learn more about the ways we support our nation’s heroes.

To all our nation’s Veterans, thank you.

Guess Who Was Born in 1918?

Physical Therapy, Home, Laconia, Meredith, Glford

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be entering it’s Centennial Year!!!  Please join us for our Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting on September 28th at The Inn at Mill Falls Church Landing, Meredith, NH.  Cocktails and hors d’oeurves starting at 5:00pm, Welcoming remarks and A Year in Review at 5:45 then a presentation by Professor Molly Girard Dorsey of the University of New Hampshire, followed by a Buffet Dinner.

RSVP is required.  Please inform Brian Winslow at 603-524-8444 or you may register online by clicking here before September 21st.

Professor Dorsey will help us look back on the last 100 years with her presentation titled, “Major Events in Medicine and their Relationship with Community Healthcare.”  Molly Girard Dorsey is an associate professor of History and core faculty member in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire.  She teaches classes on the history of medicine, legal history, and war & society.  She has published a book on chemical warfare in World War I and is working on a project on the integration of civilian professionals, including nurses and doctors, into the modern American military.

The event is sponsored by:

Hospice, Homecare, Physical Therapy, Laconia, Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough Therapy, VNA, Hospice, Healthcare, Laconia, Wolfeboro, Wakfield

Things You Should Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases

New Hampshire (NH) continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and about 60% of deer ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (2014, Medscape).

Lakes Region, Visint Nurses, VNA, Central New Hampshire Hospice, Pediatrics

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Additional preventative measures can include:

 

  • Avoid tick-infested areas when possible and stay on the path when hiking to avoid brush.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs so ticks can be more easily seen.
  • Tuck pants into socks before going into wooded or grassy areas.
  • Apply insect repellent (20-30% DEET) to exposed skin. Other repellent options may be found here: Outdoor workers in NH are at particular risk of tickborne diseases and they should be reminded about methods of prevention.
  • Do daily tick checks to look for ticks on the body, especially warm places like behind the knees, the groin, and the back and neck.
  • Pets returning inside may also bring ticks with them. Performing tick checks and using tick preventatives on pets will minimize this occurrence.
  • Shower soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks and check clothes for any ticks that might have been carried inside. Placing clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour effectively kills ticks. A recent study suggests that if clothing is not wet, shorter drying times (minimum of 6 minutes) may effectively kill ticks.
  • Remove ticks promptly using tweezers. Tick removal within 36 hours of attachment can prevent disease.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases for 30 days after a tick bite. Patients should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

References
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825419
http://nhpr.org/post/things-you-should-know-about-ticks-infographic

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Honors Veterans

lrvna, lakes region, franklinMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service of the United States of America. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. A day of observance, Memorial Day is a day to remember what President Lincoln termed “the last full measure of devotion.” On the other hand, Memorial Day is also an opportunity to remember and honor those Veterans who are still with us.
Many Americans do not realize that 1 in 4 of all deaths in the United States are Veterans. As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service, it’s important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with a serious illness. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. As a “We Honor Veterans” partner, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice provides specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.
Moultonborough, Moultonboro, One of the first agencies in New Hampshire to partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice realized quickly the benefits of the “We Honor Veterans” program. Peter Cassell, Hospice Volunteer and Army Veteran himself, is quick to point out how beneficial the relationships are between “We Honor Veteran” volunteers (who are veterans themselves) and the veterans who are receiving care from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.
Peter describes how veterans have gone through many of the same experiences, and because of this relate to each other very quickly. Peter also tells stories about visiting veterans who are surrounded by their family, sometimes three and four generations, and when asked about their service to our country start talking about witnessing and being a part of some very important history. Sometimes this is the first their families have heard these stories…but Peter explains it is because of the common bond held by veterans. The We Honor Veteran program is also an important tool in providing good care. It allows for volunteers who have been veterans themselves to make frequent visits to Veterans in our care. These visits provide socialization, respite for family members and can even help to make sure Veterans in our care have needed resources and benefits. Caring for Veterans, being able to honor them, listen to their experiences, give them a certificate of appreciation for their service, a lapel pin, a warm red, white & blue quilt, and a salute is something Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to do.

ABOUT Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.

We Honor Veterans

Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Volunteer Peter Cassell

support at the end of life. While our mission may be straightforward, fulfilling it is anything but simple, as each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs. And when it comes to the needs of America’s Veterans, if we are unprepared, our mission can be challenged or even made impossible.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to be able to step up, and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.
Not too long ago client and decorated WWII Veteran Jim Ferriman was honored for his Service by Hospice Volunteers and Veterans John Walker and Peter Cassell. The two gentlemen presented a “We Honor Veterans” certificate and lapel pin to Jim who lives in Gilmanton, NH. Jim is a veteran of World War II, having served in the Italian campaign where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal, which he was wearing at the presentation.
Jim is a member of a family in which four generations have served in the Army throughout our Country’s history, fighting in major wars. His great-grandfather fought in the Civil War; his father fought in World War I; Jim fought in World War II and his son, Jim, fought in Vietnam.
Jim and his wife Alice (better known as Bernie) have been married for almost 70 years. When he deployed to Europe in WW II, he missed the birth of his daughter Joan and did not return home until she was almost 2 years old.

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Volunteer John Walker with James Ferriman during one of their visits

Family and friends were witness to the wonderful presentation. Jim was “thrilled” that he was being presented with the certificate and pin. Hospice Veteran Volunteers John Walker and Peter Cassell are part of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s Veteran to Veteran Program that seeks to honor Veterans who are in Hospice care and thank them for their service to our Country. They were privileged and honored to have been able to make the presentation, and proudly rendered him a well-deserved salute.
ABOUT Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.

A Time for What Matters

Hospice, VNA, Spiritual, Bereavement

John Davies
Hospice Chaplain
Central NH VNA & Hospice

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said it: “Happiness!  It is useless to seek it elsewhere than in this warmth of human relations.”

I often think of these words as I go about my work as a Hospice Chaplain.  I find that when any of us are approaching our dying we turn our attention to the people who have been important to us.  Surely from the day of our birth and onward it is our time with other people that give meaning and purpose to our lives.  The God I know works to draw us toward one another as brothers and sisters.

Steve had spent almost three decades in the US Navy, and his life following discharge were given meaning for him by those years of service and the friendships he had discovered there.  Over the years dementia appeared to have erased his capacity to speak or in any way recognize familiar people around him.  When I met him, he was drawing near to his closing breath.

As we sat around his bed, members of his family were telling stories they had heard from him so often about his years in the Navy.  I took out the small music player I carry with me, and with that the room was filled with the tunes of “Anchors Away.”  That’s when we saw Steve’s right hand moving, as best it could, toward his head.  When the music concluded, his arm relaxed and a calm smile came to his face.  We looked at one another, moved by the realization that this old Navy man had just given his last, best salute.  Such meaning in those small movements!

Words matter.  Music matters.  But we know also how much it can matter just to have another person with us in quiet attentiveness.

I know that when I meet someone in distress often my first impulse is to say something.  But I also am reminded again and again that there is a time for simply “keeping company,” for being present, for bearing witness.  And do not think that in that we are doing nothing.  Far from it, we are giving one of the most valuable gifts one person can give another: Paying attention.

Some might say that HOME is the place where we go in the evening to tell the stories of our day.  And what better gift to find there than someone to pay attention and to welcome the stories we bring!

In any challenging time of change, I often find myself recalling Saint-Exupéry’s words regarding the “warmth of human relationships,” the work of keeping company with one another “for better and worse, in sickness and in health . . .” and am thus reminded to treasure those who companion with me in the daily course of life.

And what do people do when they are “keeping company” with one another?  They may well tell stories.  We are always creating stories.  While some describe God as the creator of heaven and earth, I think that God is also the creator of stories.

If we hear someone laughing loudly in another room, each of us would come up with a story to explain it – to give it some meaning, correct or not.  While our minds know that we cannot understand what the laugh means until we get more information, our hearts and our souls are busy making up stories about it.

As nature abhors a vacuum, so we may have a hard time with not knowing.  Living with mystery can be a difficult lesson to learn.  We do, indeed, listen for stories to give meaning to our lives.  We tell stories, and we listen to them, in order to discover sense and purpose amid the random events of our days.  God’s Spirit calls to our spirits to discover how those events fit together as part of the eternal story of hurt and healing, of fear and hope, of loss and love, and in it all to affirm what truly matters.

— Rev. John Davies, Chaplain

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

About the Author

Rev. John D. M. Davies has served as Chaplain for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for almost a decade.  After briefly serving two Presbyterian parishes in rural Ohio, John moved to Brewster, NY, where he served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church for 30 years.  While serving that church, he received his Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling, becoming trained as a certified pastoral psychotherapist, and for 25 years directed a local counseling center.  In 1996 he left the parish and began 5 years as Chaplain of the local hospice – continuing his clinical practice at the counseling center.  In 2000 he moved to Sandwich, NH.  In addition, he joined the staff of the Plymouth Congregational Church as their Minister of Pastoral Counseling with a limited clinical practice, and for the past 9 years has served as Spiritual Care Chaplain with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in Laconia and Wolfeboro, NH.